4. Positioning this viewpoint as representing the center is irresponsible
Distancing herself from Germaine Greer’s offensive language on Trans people is a clever move. Some might admire her for taking a stand.
“Why demean yourself and the feminist politics to which you’ve devoted your life by saying, cruelly and distastefully, “Just because you lop off your penis … it doesn’t make you a woman,” (Greer)”
However what she’s doing in chastising the crudeness of the remarks without distancing herself from the sentiment of what Greer is saying, is positioning herself as more balanced than the extremist, when in reality she holds almost exactly the same view point: That being a woman is connected to being born with a vagina and that late transitioners enjoyed the privilege of living as men for too long to be women. This extremely cunning propaganda very subtly claims both the right and center for the right’s views. It’s a logic trap; Don’t accept the premise.